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Rush Fire District – Newsletter T/o Rush  OCT & NOV 2019

COMMISSIONERS ELECTION: Any Rush resident can run for fire commissioner position. This is a volunteer position with a five year term. Mike (Pee wee) Terzo is up for re-election. A petition is required with 25 Rush tax payers signatures. The election is held the first Tuesday in December at the main fire station. For complete information contact the district secretary Collee Statskey at or 533-2147. 

RUSH FIRE DISTRICT: There will be a Fire District Public Budget hearing at Fire Station #1 1971 Rush-Mendon Road, on Tuesday - October 15th at 7:00 pm. This hearing and date is set by NYS Law. 

ANNUAL BUDGET: The purposed 2020 fire district budget will be approved at the September meeting. The tax rate will remain at $1.15 per thousand. We have kept this rate by reducing money into the capitol reserve accounts and cutting back in other areas where we could. Firefighters are now cleaning both stations and continue to mow the lawns. The town highway dept. is allowing us to do some preventive maintance on the apparatus saving hundreds of taxpayer dollars. We also are stayed under the NYS mandated 2%. The budget was approved on 9-17-19 at  $360,000. 

WHY THIS LOW RATE? We have this lower rate because of the generous contributions made to the Rush Fire Department Inc. Fund Drive by the residents of Rush, carnival profit and memorial funds. The amount per resident donated is not matched anywhere in western NY. The Rescue truck, Ambulance, ATV w/ trailer and 2 boats with trailer and equipment was all paid for by FD Fund Drives, Carnival Profit and other fund raisers. Over the years the FD has donated over 2 million $$ dollars worth of vehicles and equipment to the Rush Fire District.   

PERSONNEL COSTS: Thanks to a 100% volunteer response force of the Rush Fire Department the personnel cost to protect you and respond to your emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week will remain the same - ZERO 

ACCESS & HOUSE NUMBERS: “HELP us so we can HELP you”.  We are still having serious problems with gaining access into many properties along with not being able to find homes in emergencies due to no visible or legible addresses on the house or mailboxes. Did YOU know that there are local and state codes that you have to comply with? Not complying with these codes could delay the Fire Dept., Ambulance, and Sheriffs in getting to you and damage to our expensive equipment.  This could cost you loss of life and property.  For more information please contact The Rush Town Code Enforcement Officer so you can be compliant. 

HENRIETTA’s NEW LADDER TRUCK: Henrietta has a new ladder truck in service. This purchase helps keep our ISO (Insurance) rate at a Class 4 level which saves you money on your fire insurance. On a serious call we get a ladder dispatched from one of our neighbors immediately. This only happens a few times a year.  

SOLAR FARM: A question has been raised on the FD response to any situation to that type of a facility. It would be no different than to any high voltage situation that already is in place in Rush such as the National Grid facility on Golah Rd.  We have had training on smaller home type systems and do not see them as a problem.


We have responded to 349 calls as of September 18th.    

MEMBERS ASSAULTED:  In September two of your Rush volunteer firefighter/EMTs were assaulted by a male and female on I-390 that they were trying to help. They both have been charged with several felonies. Firefighters Josh Gretzinger & Zac Dubois were treated and are doing fine. For the full report go the and read all about what happen.  

FUND DRIVE: The second request will go out in within a few weeks. We have about 500 of the 1,300 request return some donation. With the $ 5,400 United Way contributions that you have donated we are at $ 43,000 right now.  Our present ambulance is 9 years old and we usually replace them every 10 years. The cost to replace it will be around $ 150,000.  Fund Drive money pays for the new ambulance.  A SINCERE THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE RESPONDED. 

FIRE PREVENTION: Many of the fire publications have FD’s that boast about how many serious calls they respond to. WE BOAST on how the residents that we serve are very fire and safety conscious and DO NOT NEED OUR SERVICES VERY OFTEN, We thank you for this. Please continue the great work.  A full week schedule will be conducted at the Leary School and other locations during fire prevention week. We feel that these efforts do work and help control accidental fires and resulting injuries or death in Rush. KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK!

CAN YOU BE SEEN? Many of you jog and/or walk along the road. It has come to our attention that many of you CANNOT be seen. Some wear dark clothing or ride some type of motorized chair/device with NO REFLECTIVE or LIGHT COLORS ON that could endanger your life. Also carry some type of ID and emergency notification information with you. PLEASE wear something reflective – Lime-Yellow with reflective tape should work.   

“IS THERE A FIRE IN YOU?” This state wide recruitment program has a goal of 15,000 new firefighters. In just 10 years the number of volunteer firefighters in NYS has dropped from 120,000 to 80,000. web site has a link to the state program and information on our home page. There is also a box to click on for membership information. We will have an open house during fire prevention week.  

FACEBOOK: “Like us” Rush Volunteer Fire Department. There are health & safety messages posted, breaking news on incidents, congratulations to our members, photos  and much more. Check it out.  The WEB SITE  is      

LADIES AUXILIARY: Please contact Joan Madigan at 229-4168 or email her or  website

The FIRE DISTRICT'S new  site is up and running: RUSH FIRE DISTRICT WEB SITE IS: